What is co-op and what are co-op advertising funds?

Manufacturers provide incentives for your customers to buy merchandise in the form of manufacturer rebates.  But did you know that some manufacturers also provide funds which you can use to advertise this merchandise? Did someone say free advertising dollars?

What is Co-Op?

A manufacturer Co-Op Advertising Program (or co-op for short) is designed give independent dealers the opportunity to be reimbursed for approved advertising media expenditures of products.

What are co-op advertising funds?

Co-op funds are usually calculated as a percent of the net invoiced dollars for full priced

products shipped during the current calendar program year. Typically, funds not used for advertising during the current program year will not be carried over for use in the next program year.

The rules vary from manufacturer to manufacturer though – and they change their co-op advertising funds policies from time to time. The ad specs, qualifications, rules, and the co-op claim processing can be complicated and time consuming.

How can I get my hands on this “free money”?

That’s where Outdoor Sports Marketing comes in.  Let Outdoor Sports Marketing help you utilize your available co-op advertising funds on pre-approved direct mail advertising, and process your claims, all at no additional charge.

Using manufacturer co-op advertising funds can significantly reduce your final out-of-pocket costs. We process over $300K per year in co-op claims on behalf of our clients.

Our Co-Op Compliance Manager ensures that your ads are approved by the manufacturers in advance of publication, and we process your claims when the project is complete. Any retailer will agree this is a time-consuming process.

 

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